“It is well known that new Mets vice president of player development Paul DePodesta, as GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, attempted to hire Collins as manager in 2005 before he himself was fired. That, and DePodesta’s lingering respect for Collins, has led many to assume that DePodesta is strongly advocating for the former Anaheim and Houston manager.
But several executives familiar with the Mets’ process said that that perception has been overstated. One pointed to the fact that, that when DePodesta was an influential member of the Padres front office in 2006, Collins did not even interview for the job that went to Bud Black.”
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